Helen Matthews

Helen Matthews

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Helen and Neil Matthews have lived in Prestwood, in south Buckinghamshire, since 1991. Helen is an academic manager at one of the UK’s largest universities, while Neil is a Chartered Marketer. Both hold PhDs in history; Helen’s thesis focused on the illegitimate children of medieval English nobility and gentry while Neil researched the Polytechnic Touring Association, a leading UK travel agency of the 19th and 20th centuries. They have travelled widely, with highlights including piranha fishing on the Orinoco and acting as bridesmaid and accessory to a wedding in Pakistan. Neil is a past winner of the Bradt/Independent on Sunday travel writing competition and the author of Journeys from Wimbledon Common (2012, Palace Park Press) and Victorians and Edwardians abroad (2016, Pen & Sword).

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Thinking inside the (chocolate) box

This ethical chocolate business sells beautiful handmade treats out of their shop in Chesham.

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A true family Christmas

Based in the Chilterns, this family-run pudding producer learned its tricks from Nanna.

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How to become a big cheese

This local cheese company has earned itself a reputation since its launch in 2016.

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